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Population statistics

SCLD publishes statistics about adults with learning disabilities who are known to local authorities in Scotland.  Statistics are numbers that tell us more about something we are interested in. This project is called Learning Disability Statistics Scotland or LDSS for short. LDSS has been granted National Statistics designation.

All local authorities in Scotland collect information on the numbers of people with learning disabilities and/or autism in their area. Information is collected about everyone who is known to the local authority – not just the people who are using services. A report about the number of people with learning disabilities and/or autism in Scotland is published every year. The information we publish is anonymous. This means that the report does not contain any personal information like names or addresses and no one will be able to identify someone by looking at the report.

Current report

2019 Report

Guidance Notes

Previous reports

You can access previous LDSS releases and other information of relevance by clicking the links below:

2018 Report

2017 Report

2015 Report

Codes of Practice

Data is available from 2008 onwards. For copies of these reports, please contact Lorne Berkley by email at or via phone on 0141 248 3733.